Just eight women hold senior management roles in the UK’s top 50 firms despite females dominating the profession at entry level. How can that gulf be closed and what career steps will make the top more reachable? We asked today’s leaders.
Gender in law firms is a hot topic, and with a growing number of firms publishing diversity targets, it is starting to feel like the UK’s leading law firms are scrambling to hit the magic 30 per cent female partner ratio. Which means senior law firm management will soon be full of female lawyers, right?
Despite a growing number of firms pledging to improve their gender diversity credentials, the most recent data from The Lawyer’s UK 200 shows that just 19 per cent of the total partnership roles in the top 20 firms are held by women.
This stands in stark contrast to the fact that for the past 20 years the majority (60 per cent) of new entrants into the UK legal profession were women.
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